Homemade cleaning products using organic aromatic herbs

13 January 2020

Known since ancient times to have deodorising, antiseptic properties, herbs were used for centuries to clean surfaces, clothes and dishes. They were progressively cast aside, however, with the rise of industrial cleaning products, with negative consequences for environmental sustainability and our health. As well as being free from pollutants and toxic substances, homemade cleaning products contain no toxic or synthetic chemicals, and the herbs used to make them can be grown in the garden or on your balcony at home. The financial benefits are also worth noting: natural cleaning products cost very little to make.
The most popular ingredients are aromatic herbs, citrus fruits, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vegetable oils, such as olive oil. Add some simple essential oils for a personal touch; as well as providing a pleasant fragrance, they also have beneficial properties (such as decongestant or calming effects).
Citrus rinds can be used out of season by drying them on a stove, range or radiator, cutting them into small pieces and storing them in a bag or jar.

Fragrant abrasive cleaning mixture
Grind together a teaspoon of salt, a cup of bicarbonate powder and 10-15 organic mint leaves, reducing the mixture to a powder. When needed, sprinkle one or more teaspoons of the mixture (which can be stored in a glass jar) on the surface that requires cleaning, adding a little water to turn it into a cream. Scrub with a sponge and rinse.

Aromatic herb glass and surface sprays
200 ml of white vinegar mixed with 400 ml of organic lemon balm infusion makes the perfect glass-cleaning solution: shake well before use and dry the glass with a cotton cloth. Results guaranteed!
For surfaces, meanwhile, use an infusion of apple cider vinegar (500ml), 10-15 organic marjoram leaves and flowers, a few teaspoons of organic chamomile flowers and 20 drops of organic lavender essential oil. Dilute with water (using a 1-to-1 ratio) just before use, and spray onto the surface that requires cleaning. Leave to sit for a few minutes, then dry with a cotton cloth.

Wardrobe and linen freshener
To add a touch of scent to your laundry, simply add a few drops of essential oil to the washing machine. Lavender works well, while lemon and citrus are also good options. For an effective, traditional remedy against sweat odours, soak the clothes in lukewarm water with a few sprigs of rosemary, then rub them with laundry soap (e.g. marseilles soap).
Dried lavender is often used to scent wardrobes and drawers. Simply place a few sprigs of this beautiful perennial plant directly in your cupboard, or in a small cloth bag, to give your clothes a pleasant, floral fragrance.

You can experiment with different combinations of aromatic herbs, essential oils and spices, depending on the season and your own preferences. The key is to always try to select quality, organic ingredients. This helps improve the products we come into daily contact with and the air we breathe, while contributing to environmental sustainability and having a positive impact on the household budget!

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